The Blue Fox offers a varied menu of breakfast and lunch items in a lively, friendly atmosphere.
The Blue Fox used to be my favorite breakfast restaurant in Victoria, but a handful of negative experiences with their service combined with the opening of Mole and The Superior rendered them a fading memory.
The food is solid, outstanding even - don't get me wrong there. But they seem to have one table too many, which makes for inconsistent service and long waits. The last time I was there I was ignored by the waiter for the first 20 minutes, not even an inquiry if I'd like some coffee. Needless to say it will be awhile longer before the sting of this experience abides (it's been a year already!). Besides, there's equally creative restaurants now.
The Blue Fox is still popular for all the right reasons. Please lower the music volume though. The breakfast lost a bit of the love it once had, just enough to notice. All the staff are quite friendly. I also noticed the effort they make to to keep things tidy, especially the bathrooms! Just please lower the music and add a touch more love to the menu items!
I've had many amazing meals at the Fox - best veggie burger in town, best salad I've ever had period, and yes the breakfasts do live up to the hype. Menu has been changed up recently & I think it's better than ever. There's a reason for the line-up, and admittedly, waiting 10 to 30 minutes is a chore, but you're almost guaranteed a consistently fantastic meal and great friendly service once inside.
The hidden prize is the pie. The meals are so big almost nobody ever has room left to try it, but it's worth a trip there just for the pie - hands down the best I've ever had, and I'm no stranger to pie.
The service criticisms below are a surprise - I've always found the staff to be 100% friendly & fast. Don't trust the complainers, judge for yourself. So many people wouldn't be willing to line up if it didn't live up.
Great food when I can get in or am prepared to wait.
Wonderful to be able to get a super-fresh tasting salad with sprouts, spiral-peeled carrot and beet with breakfast if I want rather than potatoes.
Everything tastes freshly prepared with the sometime exception of the "breakfast special" sausages and good coffee as well.
Possibly the best veggie burgers in town.
The Mexi-omelette will fill you for the day; amazingly full of pulled pork and refritos.
Huge portions, go hungry to fully enjoy!
I've been going to The Blue Fox for years and do think the food quality is pretty good. There is something in the ambiance I don't like, but can't put my finger on what it is. It's very crowded, you wait in line to get a table which doesn't usually bother me, there is something in there that doesn't wow me. I think what it could be is the plastic water glasses. I don't know about you, but when I go to a restaurant I like my water in a glass glass. A plastic tumbler never feels as though it's been properly cleaned and while I can drink out of my own sports bottle, for me there is a yuck factor in having plastic at a restaurant. Ok, there's my gripe out of the way! That aside, I think they have very tasty and flavourful dishes. My friend and I have been going weekly to various restaurants around town on a mission to find the best eggs benny and for me, The Blue Fox has a great benny with one problem, it's on a bagel. Don't get me wrong, I love bagels, but a benny is pretty heavy stuff at the best of times and with the average bagel being equivalent to 6 slices of bread, this makes for a very heavy and filling breakfast (and carb overload). I would go and order it again, but ask first if there is another bread I could have it on. The Hollandaise was delish and my eggs cooked perfectly. They also have a great burger there. I'm always surprised at when you go out, how many variations can be done on your standard burger. What is so yummy about this one is that they have a basil-garlic sauce on it that just makes the flavour so sumptuous, I highly recommend.
Now if you've indulged in any of the delicious entrees and don't have room, get a dessert (pie) to go. Growing up I never liked rhubarb pie, but The Blue Fox developed my love for rhubarb. They have the most incredible Rhubarb Custard pie...of course you have to have whipped cream with it, I mean really. Good butter tarts too, not quite as good as Mom makes, but for a bought out butter tart, pretty good. Enjoy!
I don't agree with the last review, the hype is correct. Our waitress was excellent, the food very tasty, the portions huge and the ambience cool. I never wait for any restaurant but I would wait for this one any day of the week. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. A Plus on every count and the prices were very reasonable.
I returned to this classic breakfast and lunch spot the other day, this time with a reservation in hand, thinking I'd outsmarted the teeming crowds outside. Alas! We still had to wait a few minutes for our table at 1pm on a Friday. The menu provides a variety of choices (everything I've tried has been tasty), and I absolutely love the option of a spiked coffee or mimosa at lunch; however, minimum order for mimosas is 2 so I had to give it a miss. Servers are always friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The atmosphere is quirky and folksy, and tables are jammed in there, so it's noisy with chatter. The sandwiches (classics and new favourites too) are stacked right up there, with generous side portions- of which there are a variety. The food can take a little bit to arrive when it's busy..but once it's there.. it's well worth it! Check this place out!
I've gone to the Blue Fox many times since I've lived in Victoria, and while little has changed on the menu and in the decor, the place isn't quite as rave-worthy as it once was. The eggs are still perfect, the sausages plump and juicy, but they no longer have their home-made whole wheat bread -- a great feature I was sad to see go. The portions have become somewhat smaller, which is fine -- too many potatoes make me feel wasteful -- but the potatoes are a little less crispy, and the oil a wee bit too plentiful. The breakfast quesadilla is a rather heavy on the raw tomatoes and could use a few more minutes under the grill, but the fresh salsa and ham and lovely.
I wouldn't wait in line to hit the Blue Fox on a weekend, but it's a good choice for a weekday breaky with friends. Just ask them to turn down the music!
I am a huge fan of the blue fox but believe my review should first point out a few things that people considering a visit there should know:
1. Odds are you will wait in line at least 10 minutes.
2. Its close quarters in there and it can be a little noisy.
3. The person who seats you takes your drink order but nothing else. A system I've always found a little odd but it works for them?? The servers are always running off their feet busy so there can be waits at times just depends who you get!
All of that being said i've always really enjoyed my late breakfasts/lunches there so I think its worth waiting and being squished for. 90% of the time I get the Cajun chicken sandwich and its amazing but super filling as theres a breast of chicken plus bacon and avocado and all the typical fixings. The chipotle mayo does make it a touch spicy but after my first visit i've just asked for it to be minimally applied and the kitchen staff are always more than happy to accommodate.
The decor is very eclectic like different salt and pepper shakers at each table, colourful odd art, etc. Thats just part of the blue fox charm!
My favorit restaurant is Blue Fox Cafe.
The beef hamburger on their menu is a particular hamburger.
This hamburger has creamy cheese and freash pickles and two slices of tomatoes. Meat between bread is too thick. You can have hot souce if you like.
I give 4 stars to this restaurant. But it is always so busy. When we have finished a meal, we have to leave right away.
The Blue Fox has a legendary reputation in Victoria for their brunch. Just drive by on a weekend and see the huge line up.
Having been there, frankly, the place is more hype than anything. The food is good but it's nothing much above what you'd get at any decent diner anywhere. The decor is unique and they have an interesting collection of prints and art on the walls in loud colours. It's not my cup of tea but that's just me. I also found the seating to be too crowded in there. It's a very busy little place so if you prefer a quite space to eat, you may want to pass on the Blue Fox.
This place serves only breakfast and lunch so dont expect to go there for dinner. Prices are good and staff seemed friendly.
Heard a lot of good things about the good, so decided to go. Like the decor (it's neat!), LOVED the food, disliked the service. Tried twice and was utterly dissapointed. Although I tried to be smart after hearing about the long weekend lines and decided to go both times late afternoon early in the week (a Tuesday and a Wednesday). My plan worked and both times the place was nearly empty and overstaffed. Yet both times I was still ignored pretty much the whole seating (except while my payment was collected... funny how that works)! Although the food soooo good, I will never return to the Blue Fox again as Victoria has quite a few nice spots to get some delicious brekky with GOOD service.
While I appreciate the fact that most everything is homemade/organic, that doesn't keep it from having its setbacks. The homemade jam was outstanding, but the oily unseasoned potatoes were mediocre, and seemingly overused in every dish. Obviously some things are better than others, and everyone has an off day once in awhile. The service was incredible, but the food didn't live up to the hype at all.